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Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944): Francesca da Rimini / Olivero, Del Monaco, De Palma, Malaspina, Perotti, Campi, Marimpietri (1959, La Scala)

Album Summary

>Zandonai, Riccardo : Francesca da Rimini, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In addition to many non-operatic compositions, he composed in all about a dozen operas, and didn't lack for success in his lifetime, but today it is Francesca di Rimini almost alone for which Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944) is best remembered internationally. This June, 1959 La Scala performance of a work with much to recommend in it has been considered by some in the critical establishment as the best Francesca on record. Conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni, the cast is headlined by the dynamic, moving and volatile Magda Olivero - still with us at 104 years old! - in the title role.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro alla Scala, Milano (06/04/1959).


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>Zandonai, Riccardo : Francesca da Rimini, opera
  • Performers: Enrico Campi (Bass); Enrico Campi (Bass); Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano); Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano); Bianca Casoni (Mezzo Soprano); Bianca Casoni (Mezzo Soprano); Athos Cesarini (Tenor); Athos Cesarini (Tenor); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Mario Del Monaco (Tenor); Mario Del Monaco (Tenor); Giampiero Malaspina (Baritone); Giampiero Malaspina (Baritone); Dino Mantovani (Baritone); Dino Mantovani (Baritone); Lidia Marimpietri (Voice); Lidia Marimpietri (Voice); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Magda Olivero (Soprano); Magda Olivero (Soprano); Rinaldo Pelizzoni (Voice); Rinaldo Pelizzoni (Voice); Pinuccia Perotti (Mezzo Soprano); Pinuccia Perotti (Mezzo Soprano); Anna Rota (Mezzo Soprano); Anna Rota (Mezzo Soprano); Edda Vincenzi (Soprano); Edda Vincenzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Ensemble: Teatro ala Scala Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta